Natural Hair: Items to Pack for Vacation

Since the weather is finally breaking, many of you may be planning to go away on vacation. The question is what natural hair items do you pack? As a natural, you may be tempted to pack everything. So, I have some tips that may help you get your natural hair vacation bag together.

Moisturizer and Sealant

In order to determine the items you need for your hair during vacation, it's important to distinguish needs vs. wants. If your hair thrives on moisture, then you need to pack a moisturizer and a sealant. You can chose a product or make your own product. One of my personal favorites is the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. If you would like to save space, time, and money, you can fill a small spray bottle with water and an essential oil. You can purchase the small water bottles at stores like Dealz for $1.00.

 Shampoo & Conditioner (Optional)

If you are planning to wash you hair during your vacation, grab your favorite cleanser, conditioner, and  shower cap. Once again, you can use the small travel size bottles to contain your products. Cowashing conditioners like Vo5 Moisture Milks are great to bring with you, especially if plan to be on the beach a lot or exercising, since those activities produce conditions that may dry out your hair.

 Detangling Tool

You can use a wide-tooth comb, Denman Brush, etc. You may also finger detangle your hair.

Hair Ties, Clips, and Bobby Pins
 If you are on vacation, there is a good chance you will not be in the mood to twist your hair every night. Hair ties are great for banding and pineappling. They are also great for styling and keeping your hair out of the way. Clips and Bobby Pins are also great to use.


Headbands are quick and easy ways to switch up your hairstyle. I would suggest packing stretchy or fabric bands. The plastic headbands can break. It is also good to chose a few headbands that are neutral colors.

 A Note on Protective Styling

If you are planning to wear protective styles during your vacation, please remember that you still have to take care of your hair. I like to use a moisturizer, sealant,  and conditioner (cowash) to maintain the health of my hair when it's in a protective style.

What natural hair items do you take with you when you go on vacation?